• C. N. Sloan

Welcome To The Dreaded First Blog Post. Spoiler: It's About Minimalism and Me

One day I realized that I had way too much stuff. Big surprise. I tried time and time again to keep a tidy home that made myself and others feel calm and content, but no matter how much I cleaned, I could never get to that peace. The knick knacks that took up space always collected dust. Where did they even come from? Probably something on sale at one time, or a gift from someone I didn’t really know that well. Who knows? There were stacks of towels that would compile on the floor needing to be washed. How many towels do two people need? Of course, in the kitchen, we could find gadgets on gadgets of items that we never used, or items that believe it or not, were broken and we hadn’t found the willpower to let go of quite yet. Don’t ask me why, I have no excuses for that one. And last of all, the dreaded closet. So many clothes, so many unworn with no intention to be worn. I’m going to call my man out for a minute here, he has way more clothes than me. He needs to though since he is a music artist. However, between the two of us, with the limited storage space we had, clothes spilled out onto dressers, causing us to use bookshelves for additional clothes storage space. The bedroom was a cluster of clothes new and old with a vast amount being untouched.

I came to the conclusion that I simply had way too much shit. The number of things I had caused me so much stress that I never wanted to be home. I would take any opportunity to prolong going home whether it be staying late at work, running errands with friends, going out to eat, and in turn, spending way more money than I needed to be spending. I was stressed out, overwhelmed, and my mindset was never clear. I felt like I lived life to an extreme by taking on too many projects, overworking, stretching myself too thin, either worrying about the past or the future and never stopping to enjoy my life because my environment that I had created for myself did not fit with the lifestyle I wanted to live.

Then one day, I discovered a documentary on Netflix. You guessed it. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. After I watched the film, I was introduced into a whole new world that opened up the possibility to having a full life by living with less. At first, it seemed backwards until it all clicked. After more research and hearing more stories of people who embraced minimalism, I discovered that this alternative lifestyle aligned with my values and would allow me to design a life that I wanted to live.

Really quickly, let’s talk about, what is minimalism? I love the definition brought by the OGs themselves, The Minimalists. They define minimalism with this single sentence. “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important – so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” Yea, that sounded pretty damn good to me too!

Now, back to my home situation. Long story short, my boyfriend and I rented a very old home that had a ton of insulation issues that eventually developed a terrible mold problem that caused us to move out of our home and into an apartment. This situation, although extremely stressful, birthed a perfect opportunity. I would definitely be able to de-clutter and redesign my entire environment.

I’ve watched so many videos and read a lot about minimalism and I know it’s not just limited to de-cluttering my home. It deals with finances, relationships, digital minimalism and more. And I am redesigning my life to align with this alternative lifestyle. That is where this blog was born. I plan to document this journey to minimalism and hopefully provide some tips and inspiration along the way for others. I won’t be limited to strictly writing about just de-cluttering and minimalism. Yes, that will be the foundation of my lifestyle however for me that includes so much more. I'm all about success and motivation. Your girl loves food and I'm diving into intuitive eating and how that fits within minimalism. I'm going to share about how I'm getting better with my finances. I'm interested in learning about gardening, composting and zero waste living. Plus, it's my blog so I'll be writing about whatever I want to that I think fits into the platform. This blog is centered around how to live more with less. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned so far through research and personal experiences. This won’t be easy. I’ve got a long way to go. But great stories all have to start somewhere.

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